Western holds apprenticeship fair

Apprenticeship fair

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Apprenticeships may not be as common as they used to be, but they're still an important way for young people to work their way into some industries.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Western Technical College held an apprenticeship fair Monday.

The event included demonstrations and tours of Western's Welding and Apprenticeship facility.

Officials at Western say apprenticeships are as important as ever for trade industries in a time where finding and keeping qualified employees can be difficult.

"There's this definite skills gap that employers are trying to hire employees, they aren't coming into the job market but they can take a current employee and give them the skills that they need through an apprenticeship program," said Western's Assoc. Dean of Integrated Technology Bob Marconi.

The state of Wisconsin's registered apprenticeship program provides training for 11,000 apprentices in more than 200 occupations across the state every year.

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